Archive for January, 2008

Straight Talk – Elections 2008 [Wed 30th & Thu 31st Jan]

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Join us at T2F for Straight Talk – Elections 2008, organized by APNA Channel and Helpline Trust.

Up until the late 60s, Pakistan was a strong contender for the position of Asian Tiger but unfortunately, over the years, we have floundered. Various elected representatives have come and gone, emergencies have been declared, and various flavors of martial law have been imposed. Pakistan stumbles from one day to the next, desperately in search of leadership.

Benazir Bhutto has been brutally assassinated, followed by three days of killing, looting, burning and wanton destruction of public and private property. The entire election process has been derailed. Political leaders are making wild accusations and leveling allegations. There is anger, fear, apprehension, confusion, and uncertainty across the entire country.

Do the upcoming elections hold any meaning for the citizens of Pakistan? Do you wonder what our awami leaders plan to do once they are elected? How will the next government tackle the enormous issues of corruption and inequity? How will they rebuild our destroyed institutions, especially the judiciary? How will they curb terrorism and the spread of talibization? How will they introduce the urgent reforms required to improve the quality of life of Pakistani citizens?

What is your message for President Musharraf, the Election Commission, political leaders, and voters? Let’s Talk!

IMPORTANT: These special editions of Straight Talk Pakistan – Elections 2008 will be recorded and televised on APNA Channel. We have space for 50 participants and doors will close after the session begins.

Dates: Wednesday, 30th January and Thursday, 31st January 2008

Jam Session featuring [NO IDEA]

Saturday, January 26th, 2008


[NO IDEA] is a 5 person troupe of emerging artistes who simply love to make music. From U2 to AudioSlave, they promise to indulge our senses with the tunes we know and love.

Date: Saturday 26th January, 2008

Honouring Gulgee

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Ismail Gulgee
Born 6 October 1925, Peshawar
Died 19 December, 2007, Karachi

In Gulgee’s tragic death, Pakistan has been deprived of one of its most prolific artists. Awarded the highest civilian awards, his 6 decade long career runs parallel to the creative history of Pakistan. Please join NuktaArt and t2f as we pay our condolences to his family and celebrate the spirit of his art.


Speakers: Amin Gulgee, Mohammad Ali Siddiqui, Naz Ikramullah, Wahab Jaffar and Niilofur Farrukh

Date: Thursday 24th January, 2008

Cinema for Change: There Was a Queen

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Join us at T2F on Tuesday for the screening of the documentary film, There Was a Queen.

cinemaforchange.gifDirected by Kavita Pai and Hansa Thapliyal, this powerful documentary highlights women’s initiatives in Kashmir’s 17-year conflict, in which women have been the worst sufferers. From looking into the brave fight many women have put up, to the efforts of others who joined empowerment avenues, the film stresses how the brunt of the struggle is faced by women, as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives.

Fahana’s sister Shahnaza, and her friend Ulfat, victims of ‘crossfire’, would have been adult women today. When they died, they were seventeen, as old as Tehreek, that exploded into existence in 1989, shattering forever the peace of the Valley, turning it into one of the most critical conflict zones in the world.

Gauri Patwardhan, the editor of the film, will be available after the screening to answer questions.

About the Directors

The two film makers started this film looking for peace initiatives in the conflict-torn region of Kashmir. Their search took them to different parts of Kashmir where they met many women who were eager to talk about their lives under siege and how difficult it was for them to think of ‘Peace’.

Kavita Pai is a documentary filmmaker who lives and works in Mumbai. This is her first full length documentary.

Hansa Thapliyal is a Mumbai-based short and documentary filmmaker. She has been keenly involved in the setting up of Godaam, an archive on Mumbai and Kashmir, at the Majlis Cultural centre.

Language and Duration: Kashmiri / Urdu with English subtitles, 124 minutes

Date: Tuesday 22nd January, 2008

KHI Tales

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

ilovekhi.jpgJoin us at t2f on Tuesday for a session of storytelling and poetry featuring Sehba Sarwar and Asif Farrukhi. The two writers, dramatically different from each other in perspective, style, and experience, have one thing in common: the city of Karachi. Sehba and Asif will read from their Karachi texts, in English and Urdu, and the readings will be followed by a discussion about Karachi and her myriad dimensions.

Sehba Sarwar’s essays, poems and stories have been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines in Pakistan, India and USA. Her first novel, Black Wings, was published in 2004 (Alhamra Publishing, Islamabad) and some of her recent work has appeared in And the World Changed (Women Unlimited, New Delhi), Neither Day nor Night (Harper Collins, India), Ellipsis (Seattle), and in The News (Lahore).

Asif Farrukhi writes fiction in Urdu and has published a number of collections of short stories. In his recent work, he continues to be fascinated and repelled by Karachi.

Date: Tuesday 15th January, 2008


Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

You are invited to Tagged!, an exhibition of graphic design by Rabbia Amin. Please join us and meet the designer on Wednesday, 9th January 2008 at 6:30 pm.


As part of our commitment to creative expression and discourse, T2F provides a gallery space to emerging designers, photographers, and artists. Rabbia Amin is a recent graduate of Karachi University and has used the medium of graphic design to address issues of stereotyping and labeling in our society.

Date: Wednesday 9th January, 2008 (the exhibition will continue till the end of the month)

The Evolution of a New Generation

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

As part of the motiroti cultural exploration project, a group of dancers and artists are shooting a 60 second film at T2F.

The film is called “The Evolution of a New Generation” and is expressed through 3 dance forms: Indian Classical, Whirling Dervish, and Modern/Funk. The 3 members of a new generation, unaffacted by the past, enter a space called Planet Hope and playfully interact, each complementing and enhancing the other.

You are invited to come and watch …

Date: Tuesday 8th January 2008
Time: Noon – 4:00 pm (you can come and go whenever you like)

The Identity Crisis

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Familiar renditions of Pakistan’s early history emphasize how the bureaucracy’s alignment with the military effectively sidelined all other political forces and was in control of the state machinery. What is often missed in this narrative is how the new country struggled in its founding moments to find the ideological and cultural basis for its creation and existence. The discussions, disagreements, apprehensions and conflicts over what should pass as “authentic” Pakistani culture is a continuing story of various twists and turns.

split.gifJoin us at t2f for sketches of the early years of Pakistan’s communist movement, the history of the left, and how “progressives”, “intellectuals”, and “revolutionaries” such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sibte Hasan, Sajjad Zaheer, Hasan Askari, Saadat Hasan Manto, and N.M. Rashid contributed to “Pakistaniat”.

Kamran Asdar Ali, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, will present his views, followed by a discussion on Pakistan’s other histories, the role of the left, and the open question of Pakistani culture.

Date: Wednesday 2nd January, 2008